Pine flooring is a unique option for homes in the Plano area. Pine is technically a soft wood, and is therefore more susceptible to dents and scratches than other hardwood varieties. However, the prominent graining and knots featured in pine planks appeal to many homeowners. Following are some additional things to know when considering this type of wood.
Pine is more affordable than many other solid wood options. If you want hardwood flooring but cannot afford popular varieties such as oak, then pine may be just right for you. Furthermore, this type of flooring is available in both light and dark stains, which means that it can match any existing furnishings and décor. Light colored pine flooring is particularly ideal for homes that are meant to have an old fashioned, rustic appeal, while darker stains are suitable for contemporary homes.
Pine flooring is relatively easy to clean and maintain. You simply need to sweep every so often and then mop the floor using a damp mop. Harsh chemicals and cleaning agents can ruin this type of flooring so you will need to dilute any cleansers in plenty of water before proceeding. Take care to keep the surface free from dirt and debris. These can damage the soft pine quite easily if left to accumulate. Pine, like other natural hardwoods, can be refinished as often as needed. If you want to change the color or repair damage, it is easy to do so with professional help.
Perhaps the biggest downside of pine flooring is that it can be easily damaged. If you have young children, pets or heavy foot traffic in your home, you may want to consider a harder wood than pine for the floors. Placing area rugs in common areas and entryways can often help avoid these dings. Implementing a no-shoe policy is also a good way to preserve the flooring. On the other hand, many people have found that small dents and dings do not detract from the floors’ beauty, and they welcome the character these little flaws bring to the wood.
Another problem with pine is that it is often not marketed as flooring, thus making it hard for homeowners who want to install this type of flooring to find a contractor that has it available. Thankfully, many contractors do offer pine flooring under various names; you simply need to specify what you are looking for.
While pine flooring is not perfect, it certainly has its good points. It is particularly ideal for homeowners who are remodeling the home on a limited budget or those that like a lot of character in their flooring. Its warm feel, charming knots, and other benefits make it a great option for just about any room in the home.
If you are interested in learning more about pine or other hardwood flooring options, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Plano. We will come to you with our mobile showroom so you can browse samples in the comfort of your own home.
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